As I was carrying Little Lady past a sink full of soapy dishwater one night, she leaned toward it and scooped up a handful of bubbles. It was clear she was fascinated as she moved her fingers slowly and watched the bubbles drift and pop. Sometimes I forget how simple it is to fascinate a baby.
So, on the next warm, sunny day I gathered some beach towels, measuring cups, and two big bowls full of soapy (baby soap) water and out we went to the backyard.
We swished our hands and scooped some water. I'm not pointing fingers but someone dumped it all over her legs and shorts, and proceeded to chew on the measuring cups. We had a great time for about fifteen minutes and then climbing on the tree stump and trying to pick up the tiniest blade of grass visible to the human eye was more fun.
We've done this activity a couple of times since and I've helped her scoop the water from one bowl to dump into the other one. She has fun trying to move the bubbles herself, and of course, the swishing and dumping on her legs is still the most fun. And that darn stump must be pretty attractive to the little monkey, as it dominates much of our water play...
When our weather took a chilly turn I adapted this for indoor use. I gave her some smaller bowls of bubbly water and scoops and she had a grand old time in her high chair while Mini Me and I made Rice Krispie treats. Once the bowls had been flung off the tray, it was a delight to use her hands to swish the water around the tray.
Do not be fooled, those who know me and are shocked that I was willing for a huge mess of water to occur in the kitchen. She is wearing two bibs and has a towel in her lap. I was okay with the water on the floor but changing the little wiggle monkey's wet clothes is a challenge I wanted to avoid...
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